The Book of Judges: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]
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A mid-to-upper level critical commentary on the book of Judges suitable for pastors and laity with college or seminary level biblical training, students, and scholars.

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT] is one of the most respected commentary series in the world. The volumes in this series deal with multiple aspects of the biblical books including textual integrity, literary structure, and socio-historical background. Current scholarship is also reviewed though technical matters are typically confined to the footnotes.

Barry G. Webb's The Book of Judges is a critical commentary that comprehensively explores the book of Judges and briefly but adequately reviews current scholarship on the ancient document. Webb treats the Judges as a unified book and spends the majority of his time dealing with the text. He is particularly astute at examining literary structure and showing how that structure tells the story of Israel's Judges. Knowledge of Hebrew is, as always, very beneficial for navigating Webb's work but is not required and very little Hebrew actually appears in the text. Where Hebrew words are referenced they appear in transliterated form. Nonetheless, readers should have their grammatical ears ready when reading this commentary.

The historical and sociological context of the book and the difficulties associated with it receive ample attention as does the biblical context of the book situated, as it is, between the Exodus and the emerging monarchy. Theologically, Webb discusses important points such as the violence of the book of Judges, the roles of Women and its relation to the New Testament. But these discussions are restrained to the historical contexts and data from the text and do not directly engage doctrinal theology.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 555
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802826288
ISBN-13: 9780802826282
Series: NICOT

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Publisher's Description

Eminently readable, exegetically thorough, and written in an emotionally warm style that flows from his keen sensitivity to the text, Barry Webb’s commentary on Judges is just what is needed to properly engage a dynamic, narrative work like the book of Judges. It discusses not only unique features of the stories themselves but also such issues as the violent nature of Judges, how women are portrayed in it, and how it relates to the Christian gospel of the New Testament.

Webb concentrates throughout on what the biblical text itself throws into prominence, giving space to background issues only when they cast significant light on the foreground. For those who want more, the footnotes and bibliography provide helpful guidance. The end result is a welcome resource for interpreting one of the most challenging books in the Old Testament.

Author Bio

Barry G. Webb is senior research fellow emeritus in OldTestament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia,where he taught for thirty-three years. Among his otherpublished works are The Book of the Judges: AnIntegrated Reading and Five Festal Garments:Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth,Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther.

Endorsements

We have been waiting for Barry Webb's commentary a long time. It's here! This volume is the mature fruit of three decades of study and reflection on the book of Judges. Webb combines the best of thorough scholarship with an evangelical passion for readers to grasp the rhetorical agenda and message of the book. Scholars, teachers, and pastors will find this volume to be a worthy addition to the already excellent NICOT series.
-Daniel I. Block
Wheaton College

Editorial Reviews

from author's preface
"I have always felt cheated by the kind of exegetical vivisection that kills by analysis until all that's left is lifeless bits and pieces, classified and arranged, conquered rather than read. For me the text is a living thing, whose life has to be respected if it is to be understood. . . . Judges is not a nice book. It's rough and raw and confronting. Working on it has been like living with someone who always tells you the truth: it is good for you, but not pleasant. In this commentary I have tried to let Judges be what it is instead of taming it."

Daniel I. Block
— Wheaton College
"We have been waiting for Barry Webb's commentary a long time. It's here! This volume is the mature fruit of three decades of study and reflection on the book of Judges. Webb combines the best of thorough scholarship with an evangelical passion for readers to grasp the rhetorical agenda and message of the book. Scholars, teachers, and pastors will find this volume to be a worthy addition to the already excellent NICOT series."

Bibliotheca Sacra
"Webb combines solid exegetical insights with literary sensitivity. . . . Pastors will find Webb’s verse-by-verse commentary helpful. . . .  Webb respects the text as it is and uses sound literary and rhetorical methods to discover its message."
 
Vox Reformata
"The first-rate NICOT series has been enhanced by the inclusion of Barry Webb’s commentary on the Book of Judges. . . . Heartily recommended."
 
Master’s Seminary Journal
"The NICOT is one of the best evangelical commentary series on the Old Testament. The reputation of the series will only be enhanced with this superb work on Judges. . . . Highly recommended."
 
Bulletin for Biblical Research
"This commentary deserves the attention of all who are interested in the study of the Book of Judges."
 
Review & Expositor
"It will have an important place in college and seminary classrooms and in the libraries of ministers."
 
Reformed Theological Review
"One need only say that this commentary is everything that would be expected of a new addition to the NICOT commentary series: readable, well-researched and reliable."
 
Review of Biblical Literature
"A strong, conservative theological reading of the complex book of Judges. . . . College and seminary courses will welcome this approach to Judges."

Journal of Ancient Judaism 
"The commentary contributes valuable insights especially into the structure of Judges. Alongside an extensive introduction, Webb provides his readers with an English translation of the Hebrew text and a commentary."
 
 

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    A Scholarly Commentary on Judges
    October 3, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Judges is an Old Testament commentary, written by Barry G. Webb and published by Eerdmands. Commentaries on Judges can be either highly critical or devotional in nature. I therefore was pleasantly surprised when I read Webbs work and found it to be more on the conservative side while still engaging with high criticism scholarship. It has been a long time since a scholarly mostly conservative work has been published on the Book of Judges and Webb did not disappoint, weighing in at almost just over 550 pages.

    This commentary is the a newer edition of the famous New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but truly propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the one of the books of history which is usually bogged down by from criticism and or long discussions on genocide. Yet while Webb does answer these critical issues, something he does flawlessly by the way, he interacts with critical scholarship in a way most conservative commentators dont. From this it is easy to see why Webb is a highly regarded scholar and superior exegete.

    Judges has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the book of Judges. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book Hawk takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He does not use his own translation of the Hebrew text, yet this is not common in the NICOT series as a whole. I do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages.

    While I disagree with Web on a few minor issues with regard to Old Testament date of writing, the arguments he makes are sound I just adhere to a earlier date of composition. One are I did greatly enjoy is Webbs argument against Deborahs judgeship and for Barracks. This is an position that many today do not hold, yet it was refreshing to see it in a scholarly commentary.

    Webb is innovate in his interpretation and application while staying stalwart in his commitment to orthodoxy. In the vein of recommending, Judges , to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about the book of Judges available at this moment but Judges of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    Judges: New International Commentary on the Old Testament

    2012 by Barry G. Webb

    Publisher: Eerdmans

    Page Count: 555 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0802826282
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